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NewsBites March 2014 Issue

Fessing Up on Unsafe Food Handling

When it comes to safe food handling for parties and other gatherings, Americans’ motto seems to be: Do as I say, not as I do. A new Kitchen Pet Peeve Survey by NSF International finds a double standard in attitudes about food for a crowd, with 82% admitting to food-safety mistakes when preparing for others but 96% offended when others make the same slips. We’re turned off by others’ “double dipping” chips, serving food that’s fallen on the floor, forgetting to wash hands and leaving perishables unrefrigerated—even though we do all those things ourselves. And such errors have consequences: 43% said they’d gotten sick after a dinner party or other food gathering away from home.

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